AUSTIN, Texas, August 18, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas legislature took state taxpayers out of the abortion business with a new law restricting state funds to only pay for abortions to save the life of the mother.
Here are 12 facts to know about the new Texas law:
1. The law does not restrict anyone from getting their own abortion insurance.
Any woman may purchase insurance. The only restriction is regarding taxpayers funding abortion.
“What we’re saying here is: If you want to buy this coverage, you can buy it,” Republican Rep. John Smithee said during the House debate. “This isn’t about who can get an abortion. It is about who is forced to pay for an abortion.”
2. The Texas law does not put the life of any mother in jeopardy.
The law applies to “elective” abortions and specifically includes an exemption for any abortion necessary to save the mother’s life.
No emergency procedure is prohibited under the new law. Any woman whose life may be threatened by carrying to term may abort.
“Texas must take steps to prohibit taxpayer and premium dollars from subsidizing abortions that are not medically necessary,” Republican Sen. Brandon Creighton said.